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July 22, 2013

For Immediate Release, July 16, 2013

The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) applauds Rupa S. Goswami’s historic appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Goswami to the state bench on July 12, 2013, making her the first South Asian female judge in the State of California.

“This is a proud moment for NASABA as another deserving South Asian attorney will become a member of the judiciary,” pronounced Nadeem Bezar, President of NASABA. “We are even more pleased that Ms Goswami will become California’s first South Asian woman to be appointed to the bench,” added Bezar.

An Indian immigrant, Goswami spent her youth in rural Ohio and Florida. A dedicated working mother, she has served as a federal prosecutor for the past twelve years at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Her numerous duties included serving as Chief of the General Crime Section and the Domestic Security and Immigration Crime Section, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Cyber Crime Section, the Terrorism and Organized Crime Section, and the General Crime Section.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI and the Humane Society of the United States have recognized Goswami for her work protecting child victims of sexual exploitation, environmental crime, and endangered species. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Goswami clerked for the Honorable Nora Manella, then-U.S. District Judge, and for the late Honorable Terence T. Evans of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Goswami also practiced civil litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Chicago and UCLA, Goswami holds an MBA in finance and a JD. She has been active in community service in the county and state. A former JNE commissioner, Goswami has served as a pro tem judge, a teen court moderator, and an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Loyola Law School. Goswami has been a long-time board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC) and currently serves as its Co-President. She has been recognized by SABA-SC’s Public Interest Foundation and NASABA for her public service and community outreach efforts.

NASABA is a voluntary bar organization and serves an umbrella organization to 25 chapters in the United States and Canada. NASABA is a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community across the continent. Learn more at


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